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Switching Careers Out Of Left Field – A Handy Guide

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Switching Careers Out Of Left Field – A Handy Guide

Switching careers out of left field can be a difficult thing to do. Not only does it immediately set you off outside of your comfort zone, but it can take years of sacrifice and lower income to get to a level that you’re finally happy with. However, sometimes going for a career with less room for growth or taking on a position with less rewards, money, and benefits can be perfect if you’re happy with what you’re doing. Not every job requires you to earn millions of dollars to make the entire affair bearable. Some things you can genuinely enjoy from the bottom of your heart, a concept which can become relatively blurred when we have yet to experience it.

Many people are hesitant to switch to a career that they truly enjoy because they feel like time has passed them by. As you age and become comfortable in a set routine, this can be harder and harder to change. But, age is always nothing but a number. You can change careers at almost any time you want, provided you have a reasonable amount of time left before retirement! But what should you keep in mind when you do this? We’re here to find out:

Education:

You should consider yourself at square one when choosing a completely new career. How do you proceed in a field you know little about? You learn about it’s nuances and quirks. Job training will always help out, particularly if you start from a lowly position. If you have the funding or the loan eligibility, then applying for a university course both online or offline in an institution can help you gain a fast track to mental competence (Provided you take your studies seriously!).

It might seem worrying going back to college, especially when you believe you’ll be older than almost everyone in your class. However, you’d be surprised at how many mature people return to university for the same purpose as you. This is especially true in fine arts courses, such as music, film, fashion, and graphic design. It’s common for people with successful STEM careers to find out they had an inner artist all along just yearning to break free.

Resume:

When you hope to change jobs, you once again become a candidate. It’s likely you have built up a respectable amount of job experience by this point, meaning that you have all the possibility in the world of making a great impression. List all of the achievements you have made at your previous work. It counts, even if it has little or nothing to do with the new role. People often look for transferable skills, not the specifics of your job.

For example, someone who is competent at running a film set need not be someone skilled in producing, but someone who managed events for a period of time. There is likely more overlap with your career now than you might have originally estimated. If you need help crafting a modern resume, CV advice services are on hand to offer you a deft and careful touch in its writing. A good employer will see this value immediately, but only if you succeed in selling yourself with appealing language.

These two disciplines – building the new while highlighting the value of the old can combine, and help you create a career that you truly desire and deserve.

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Education You Might Not Have Considered

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Education You Might Not Have Considered

It’s a competitive world out there and even if you’re more than qualified for the position that you’re interviewing for, you can lose out to someone equally qualified who has that little bit extra. No matter how old you are, it never hurts to learn new skills or earn new qualifications to boost your career. You don’t have to quit your job and go back to school full time to get a Masters. Nowadays, there is more than one way to develop desirable skills to revamp your resume:

Short Courses/Workshops: If you’re not too sure that you’re ready to get back into learning right away, you can test the waters by checking out short courses or one-day workshops. Short courses may cover any area from soft skills such as communication and leadership to industry-specific skills like accounting, web design, or photography – so you’re guaranteed to find something that will be useful for your career. If you’re not sure which courses might be useful for your current job, then you can still learn something by taking a short cooking course or signing up for a series of yoga classes to better understand the teachings.

Online Education: Some of the most prestigious universities in the world now offer college courses through the Internet to anyone who wants to take them. Additionally, you’re more likely to find a specialized qualification such as lean manufacturing courses online than you are through your local college class listings. Not only do online courses save you on the cost of commuting, but they give you far more options.

Volunteer: Taking time out of your busy schedule to help others can boost your career for several reasons. First, volunteering gets you out of your comfort zone and teaches you how to communicate with empathy. Second, it gives you valuable experience in a field that you hope to enter, which will make it easier for you to gain experience or a full-time job in the future. Finally, it shows potential employers that you are willing to go beyond what is required of you and that you are passionate enough to go for what you want in your own time.

Enroll in Your Community College: You need a certain motivation to complete online courses or learn skills in your spare time. If you feel that you could do better in a more structured environment, you can take a course at your local college for a term or even go for a full degree if you are ready to commit to it. Any credits that you earn at the end will have real value when hunting for jobs or eventually pursuing your formal education even further.

Group Language Clubs: Knowing a second language is invaluable in any job, but some people might not do well learning by themselves with an app. You should try finding a club that meets in your area and practice with a real teacher and other hopeful learners. Even a basic understanding of another language is better than nothing!

Ready, get set, and learn yourself to the finish line of a better job or further in your education!

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Jump On These Stepping Stones After Your Degree

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Jump On These Stepping Stones After Your Degree

When you finish your university degree there is the sense of what now, what comes next? It’s a good question, and the answer probably isn’t as simple as you might think. You might assume that as soon as you finish your degree, you’ll head straight into a top paid position in your chosen industry. However, research shows that doesn’t happen. Instead, you can spend up to a year searching for a position in your chosen industry, often working in the services industry. It’s true, there are people with PhDs right now, working at McDonald’s. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but you do need to think long and hard about your next step. The challenge is far from over, but luckily, you’ve found the answers:

Get Charitable: Let’s say that you struggle to find a position in your chosen career in the first month after your degree. Don’t waste your time completing work in an unrelated job. Instead, volunteer, doing something different and exciting like building houses in Africa or teaching English in Indonesia. The more out there and extraordinary the better. In some cases, having a unique experience like this on your CV will automatically earn you an interview. Why? The employer just wants to hear what it was like working there.

Be Free: You can also set yourself up as an independent worker. While you are waiting for that dream position to come along, put yourself out there for hire part time or full time on a contract basis for different companies. By doing this, you can earn a solid income and avoid the killer empty time on your resume. Any time you spend doing nothing looks terrible to employers. In contrast, if you have a solid period where you’re constantly working, it looks fantastic. It shows that you have become a valuable asset to that business. Freelancing can help you find a position like this while you’re searching for your dream career.

Build The Ultimate Resume: Next, let’s think about that resume. Is it designed to attract the interest of employers and recruiters? You might say yes, but you have to remember, you’ll be facing a lot of competition on the market. Make sure that you do everything you can to beef it up and make it stand out. One of the best possibilities would be to create a resume online using a building tool. By doing this, you’ll have all of the tools that you need to ensure that it looks professional and doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Pay It Back: Finally, you need to think about that expensive student loan that’s weighing down on you. It can be a career killer because eventually, it’s going to start affecting your credit score. Employers do look at info like this before making a hire. Paying your loans off earlier will make you look like a more attractive hire and someone who is already taking their future prospects seriously.

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